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Sparta, county seat of Alleghany County, has twice risen from devastating fires - in 1933 and 1986. Christmas trees and the nation's largest smoking-pipe factory bolster the economy. Also contributing are many shops, outdoor activities, and the town's old-time mountain feel, which attracts tourists.
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Hugh MacRae's interests were varied and visionary. Among them were the creation of the resort town of Linville, pioneering the electrical industry, building the Lumina at Wrightsville Beach, and agricultural and mining ventures.
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Henderson County produces eighty percent of the state's apples. The Annual North Carolina Apple Festival, which started in 1938 in Hendersonville, marks the apple harvest. Visitors will find traditional events, including orchard tours and folk music, plus great food and a street fair where artists and craftsmen display their creations.
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Preserving the overgrown Orchard at Altapass on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Spruce Pine is the goal of owners Bill and Judy Carson. To date half the orchard, about 2,000 trees, has been restored. Most are over eighty years old. Many are heritage apple tress, or varieties that have been lost or are hard to find.
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Powerful, destructive hurricanes have buffeted the state for centuries and seem to come in cycles. In the 1950s, the state was nicknamed \"Hurricane Alley\" when six strong storms struck in seven years. Hazel was the strongest ever. Now, after decades of relative calm, forecasters feel the cycle is returning, with Hugo, Bertha, and Fran being forerunners.
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Originated by David Peele in 1983, the Black Mountain Music Festival, held twice yearly in Henderson County, has been called one of the best in the world. Over 3,000 music lovers from here and abroad come to hear local, national, and internationally known performers and to contra dance.
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In November, 1998, the North Carolina Pottery Center opens in Seagrove. The culmination of sixteen years of planning and raising funds, the Center seeks to make the public aware of the state's rich pottery history and traditions. Educational programs, exhibits, and collection and preservation are among activities to promote this.
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Mount Airy celebrates the arrival of fall with festivals. Mayberry Days is three days of music and games. Next is the Sonker Festival, a tribute to a dish most folks call fruit cobbler. Everything concludes with the Autumn Leaves Festival, marking the conclusion of the tobacco and apple harvests.
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Stone Mountain, sitting astride the Wilkes-Alleghany county border, is an immense granite dome, the largest in the state. Four mining companies planned to mine it. None succeeded. In 1969, it became a state park of 13,700 acres, second largest in the state. Climbers come from all over the world to challenge the mountain's south face.
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Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County is the state's largest freshwater lake. Over the years many unsuccessful attempts have been made to drain it for other uses. In 1934, the federal government created the Mattamuskeet Migratory Bird Refuge.
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